Derek Osbourne (Liberal Democrat)

Child porn

Derek Osbourne fortuitously avoided a jail sentence in late June 2016, after breaching a sexual offences order. He had previously been released from prison in 2014, having served half of a two year sentence for downloading and distributing child pornography.

He admitted to 3 separate charges which constituted a single breach of the court order.

Had this been a second breach [of the order] you would be going to prison Crown Court Judge McCreath

Osbourne had at one time been the leader of the Liberal Democrats in Kingston Upon Thames - a position he held for over 10 years. This had arisen from him being a councillor for the Beverley ward for 27 years, a role he was still carrying out immediately prior to his initial arrest in 2013. He was subsequently tried, convicted and jailed for child pornography offences.

He was also the parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the Kingston Upon Thames constituency in 1992, where he stood against the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont.

The pornography he viewed, whilst breaching the order against him was of the "normal" kind, in other words not against the law. Hence, his suspended sentence. It was quite unlike what had been described as "stomach churning" in his original trial, involving bestiality and child porn.

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